Archive for September 28th, 2006

Suicide bombers follow Quran, concludes Pentagon briefing

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Well, OK, this is kinda of a “no-brainer” to most of us, but I guess it takes the government longer then most to stumble to the obvious.

With suicide bombings spreading from Iraq to Afghanistan, the Pentagon has tasked intelligence analysts to pinpoint what’s driving Muslim after Muslim to do the unthinkable.
Their preliminary finding is politically explosive: it’s their “holy book” the Quran after all, according to intelligence briefings obtained by WND.
In public, the U.S. government has made an effort to avoid linking the terrorist threat to Islam and the Quran while dismissing suicide terrorists as crazed heretics who pervert Islamic teachings.
“The terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for violence and murder,” the White House maintains in its recently released “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism” report.
But internal Pentagon briefings show intelligence analysts have reached a wholly different conclusion after studying Islamic scripture and the backgrounds of suicide terrorists. They’ve found that most Muslim suicide bombers are in fact students of the Quran who are motivated by its violent commands – making them, as strange as it sounds to the West, “rational actors” on the Islamic stage.
In Islam, it is not how one lives one’s life that guarantees spiritual salvation, but how one dies, according to the briefings. There are great advantages to becoming a martyr. Dying while fighting the infidels in the cause of Allah reserves a special place and honor in Paradise. And it earns special favor with Allah.
“Suicide in defense of Islam is permitted, and the Islamic suicide bomber is, in the main, a rational actor,” concludes a recent Pentagon briefing paper titled, “Motivations of Muslim Suicide Bombers.”

Suicide for Allah a ‘win-win’
“His actions provide a win-win scenario for himself, his family, his faith and his God,” the document explains. “The bomber secures salvation and the pleasures of Paradise. He earns a degree of financial security and a place for his family in Paradise. He defends his faith and takes his place in a long line of martyrs to be memorialized as a valorous fighter.
“And finally, because of the manner of his death, he is assured that he will find favor with Allah,” the briefing adds. “Against these considerations, the selfless sacrifice by the individual Muslim to destroy Islam’s enemies becomes a suitable, feasible and acceptable course of action.”
The briefing – produced by a little-known Pentagon intelligence unit called the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA – cites a number of passages from the Quran dealing with jihad, or “holy” warfare, martyrdom and Paradise, where “beautiful mansions” and “maidens” await martyr heroes. In preparation for attacks, suicide terrorists typically recite passages from six surahs, or chapters, of the Quran: Baqura (Surah 2), Al Imran (3), Anfal (8), Tawba (9), Rahman (55) and Asr (103).

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House Approves Act Protecting Freedom of Religious Expression

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

This should get full support from each of us. There is no reason for a city to decide not to fight a lawsuit just because of a fear of having to pay court cost.

(AgapePress) – Conservative groups are commending the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill on Tuesday that would cut off financial awards for lawsuits successfully filed against religious displays on government property.
The Public Expressions of Religion Act (PERA) (H.R. 2679) would deny the awarding of attorney’s fees or monetary damages to a party that wins an Establishment Clause court case — that is, one based on the so-called “separation of church and state.” Backers of the legislation note that local and state governments often give in to demands to remove religious displays for fear of incurring costly attorney’s fees. Opponents, on the other hand, consider the legislation a waste of time by Republicans who they say are anxious to shore up their conservative base before Election Day. They also note there is no companion Senate bill.
But Concerned Women for America, a major pro-family group in Washington, DC, is praising the 244 House members who voted in favor of PERA, calling the vote “a tremendous victory for Americans who value their constitutional and religious freedoms.” Eliminating monetary awards in Establishment Clause cases, says CWA, will free up citizens who are often reluctant to stand up for those freedoms because they are intimidated by the potential of “crippling judgments” for attorney’s fees.
“The House has shown leadership by advocating on behalf of their constituents’ rights,” says Lanier Swann, CWA’s director of government relations. “The Senate now needs to heed that duty.”
Senate approval, according to Swann, would give Americans the confidence they need to stand up to legal challenges brought by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, a group that often sues — or threatens to sue — communities and other entities for allegedly violating the Establishment Clause.
“Americans who wish to contest violations such as the refusal to allow the display of the Ten Commandments, the denial for the Boy Scouts of America to meet on public property, the omission of the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance, or the ban on student prayer at football games will have one less hindrance to protecting their rights,” says Swann. She also believes passage of PERA will mean fewer attacks on religious freedom in the United States.
The president of the National Clergy Council agrees with Swann that the ACLU will be less inclined to pursue supposed religious rights violations if they know they will have to foot their own legal bill.
“The ACLU has for too long terrorized communities by menacing them with lawsuits over Nativity scenes and Ten Commandments displays, then profiting at the expense of taxpayers,” says the NCC’s Rev. Rob Schenck. He describes what he calls the “clever scam” often employed by the ACLU in such cases.
“The ACLU rolls out huge fundraising programs based on these suits, takes in millions of dollars to supposedly cover their costs, then uses the federal courts to double dip on reimbursements out of the public treasury,” says Schenck.
Several conservative groups, including both CWA and the National Clergy Council, are urging the Senate to act on the legislation, saying there is no valid reason to delay a vote.

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Suicide Bombers Just Following Quran

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Breaking News: Muslim suicide bombers are simply following what the Quran orders them to do. Wait a minute….that’s not news. The US government has been so careful to sugarcoat the religion of Islam in public, but now they have officially read the Quran and believe it encourages violence. Duh. Now can we call it what it really is? There is nothing peaceful about Islam and it’s high time our government and our people started saying so.

With suicide bombings spreading from Iraq to Afghanistan, the Pentagon has tasked intelligence analysts to pinpoint what’s driving Muslim after Muslim to do the unthinkable.

Their preliminary finding is politically explosive: it’s their “holy book” the Quran after all, according to intelligence briefings obtained by WND.

In public, the U.S. government has made an effort to avoid linking the terrorist threat to Islam and the Quran while dismissing suicide terrorists as crazed heretics who pervert Islamic teachings.

“The terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for violence and murder,” the White House maintains in its recently released “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism” report.

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Fear of offending Islam spurs hot debate in Europe

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

As I’ve noted here time after time, history shows that appeasement has never stopped tyrants and conquerors from eventually taking what they wanted or doing what they wanted to do.
Many of us Bloggers have warned that appeasement would only lead to more appeasement. But eventually, appeasement is not enough for these tyrants, these bullies.
I believe that my readers are far above average intelligence, so I try to refrain from sharing cute little stories to illustrate points. So please forgive me for this, but here is a story to illustrate my point.
During my first year of Junior High, at lunch break one day, a well known bully decided that he wanted to “terrorize” some of us. He proceeded to take out a lock blade knife and ask us if we wanted to fight him. He proceeded to poke it up against everyone’s strums (breast bone) as he threatened us. Each person responded with only scared silence…until he came to me.
Normally, I would have responded the same way as the rest of the group. My goodness, he had a knife, how could I do otherwise? Well, for lack of a better explanation, I guess that I had just had enough of this character and his antics. Twenty minutes after placing the knife at my strum, nursing a sprained wrist, he was summoned to the principal’s office, shown his knife that I had delivered there ten minutes earlier, and advised that he was suspended for ten days.
I never had to worry about this bully bothering me again.
So with all that said, here is the parallel I am trying to draw:
Islam is the bully. They are going to threaten, cajole and maybe even hurt people, for no reason at all. It is only by standing up to the bully that one can make him stop. It is only by declaring to the bully (Islam) that “we will not submit” and backing that statement up by force, if necessary, that we will make the bully leave us alone.

LONDON (Reuters) – Four canceled performances of a Mozart opera have reignited an anxious and heated debate in Europe over free speech, self-censorship and Islam.
By canning its production of “Idomeneo,” fearful of security threats because of a scene that might offend Muslims, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper provoked front-page headlines across the continent and found itself fending off charges of cowardice.
The controversy centered on a scene in which King Idomeneo is shown on stage with the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad and the sea god Poseidon.
“Here we go again. It’s like deja vu…This is exactly the kind of self-censorship I and my newspaper have been warning against,” said Flemming Rose, culture editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten paper, which met a storm of Muslim protest after publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad last year.
He said bowing to fears of a violent Muslim reaction would only worsen the problem: “You play into the hands of the radicals. You are telling them: your tactics are working. This is a victory for the radicals. It’s weakening the moderate Muslims who are our allies in this battle of ideas.”
The drawings, including one showing Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, triggered violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world but were defended by the newspaper as an expression of free speech and a challenge to religious taboos.
Berlin security officials had warned that staging the opera “Idomeneo” would pose an “incalculable security risk.”

GUNS AND BOMBS
The decision to cancel the production even before any protests had materialized was singled out for criticism.
“To do it in advance of any actual protest I think invokes the next protest, because the radicals in any community are aided and abetted by that,” said Lisa Appignanesi, a novelist and deputy president of the writers’ group PEN in England.
“We don’t want to end up in a situation where we don’t dare to speak up. What we do not want is a society where one is constantly fearful about what the people holding the bombs or the guns might say.”
European countries, rocked by a series of events including Islamist bombings in Madrid and London and widespread rioting in French immigrant communities last year, are struggling to find better ways of integrating their Muslim minorities. (They don’t want to integrate, they want to conquer. -ed)
The latest controversy follows a furor in the Muslim world over comments by
Pope Benedict this month in which he cited a medieval emperor who associated Islam with violence. He has since distanced himself from the quotations and assured Muslims of his respect, although without directly apologizing.
Some analysts fear a climate is developing in which people are afraid to speak out publicly. In a speech to the annual conference of think-tank Oxford Analytica last week, its head, David Young, said political correctness posed a threat to free expression for journalists, politicians and academics alike.
Nirjay Mahindru, an Asian playwright who runs a theater company in Britain, told Reuters: “British Asian writers are without a shadow of a doubt not writing what they want to write about or what they feel is reflective of what is out there. They are writing what is now expected of them.”
“This has been going on for at least two or three years and it’s almost like a coalition of fundamentalist forces, whether they are Christian or Muslim or Hindu or whoever. I just wish more members of the artistic community would be brave.”

CLASH OF VALUES
The opera cancellation was just the last of a series of incidents in recent years where religious sensitivities and artistic expression have clashed.
In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered after outraging Muslims with a film accusing Islam of promoting violence against women, and a British play featuring sexual abuse and murder in a Sikh temple was canceled after protests.
Last year London’s Tate Britain museum removed a sculpture by John Latham which it feared would offend Muslims and a British tour of “Jerry Springer – The Opera” was temporarily canceled when conservative Christian groups complained.
Such tensions are not new, although artists argue they have become more common since September 11, 2001. In 1989 British author Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding after Iran issued a fatwa calling for his death after he wrote “The Satanic Verses.”
“You can’t be afraid of constantly watching your back in the arts,” PEN’s Appignanesi said. “One is in the business of provoking response. Otherwise there is no art.”

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Lan astaslem, I will not Submit

“To Change the Subject, Ask for Something You Can’t Get” at Power Line

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The Democrats evidently aren’t happy with the release of the “key judgments” of the National Intelligence Estimate on global terrorism, because now they’ve demanded that the White House release the entire report.

That will get them what they’re looking for, i.e., headlines like this one: “White House refuses to release full NIE.” The Democrats knew, obviously, that the administration can’t release the entire document without both endangering agents and compromising the ability of intelligence analysts to write candid assessments without worrying that their work product will wind up in the newspaper. But for now, at least, they can change the subject.

Ted Kennedy weighed in with the most surreal attack:

“The American people deserve the full story, not those parts of it that the Bush administration selects,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

That would be hilarious, if it were not so contemptible. When Democrats in the bureaucracy illegally leaked misleading portions of the NIE’s “key judgments” in hopes of influencing the election, that was fine with Kennedy. But when the administration declassified the entire “judgments” section so that the American people can read it all and judge for themselves, now Kennedy complains that the voters aren’t getting “the full story.” Absolutely outrageous, but typical of the Democrats’ ever more hysterical campaign.

PAUL adds: And key elements of MSM continue to work alongside the Dems, declaring that the administration has released “part” of the NIE report. Liberal journalists and liberal media outlets (such as some Newsweek correspondent who appeared on NPR yesterday and the Washington Post) want to convey the impression that the administration selectively picked the portions of the report to be released. In truth, of course, the administration released the entire conclusions portion — the good, the bad, and the meaningless. It was, in fact, liberal organs like the Washington Post that, in first reporting on the NIE, hand-picked for content (or allowed their anti-administration collaborators to hand-pick for them) which portions to reveal.

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“But gentlemen, what if you’re wrong?” at Jerusalem Watchman

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

To President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prime Minister John Howard
Your excellencies,
All of you, great leaders of three of the most right-thinking nations on earth, are committed to doing everything possible during what is left of your respective terms in office to securing a “two-state solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
You all give the same reason for embracing this policy, asserting that the creation of a Palestinian state “alongside Israel” will help bring peace to the Middle East and, by extension, to the world.

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With all due respect, I’d like to pose the following questions:
· What if, after your irreversible plan has successfully been implemented, it turns out you were wrong?
· What if the creation of Palestine, and the immediate and enthusiastic recognition it will receive from the entire international community, does not bring peace to the Middle East?
· What if, with “Palestine” securely in their hands, millions of Arabs try to do what they vow even now they will ultimately do, and utilize their new state to complete the destruction of Israel?
· What if American, British and Australian Muslims continue to be recruited to Al-Qaeda, the Hizb’allah or Hamas, and persist in perpetrating violence against the little sliver of land which is all that Israel will be left with?
· What if international terrorism rages on unchecked and undiminished after Palestine is born?
· What if, after they have gobbled up the “Little Satan” – Israel – terrorists continue to decry America as the Great Satan, and heartened by what they will see as their immense success in the Middle East, carry out another mega terror attack on the United States?
· What if the creation of Palestine does nothing to stabilize the oil market, instead encouraging the victorious Arab states to wield their weapon of blackmail with even more determination than before?
Gentlemen, what your plan amounts to is a readiness to coerce Israel into giving up the most highly-prized and militarily-strategic parts of the only land that is rightfully hers, in a terrible gamble all the evidence insists she, and you, cannot win!
Setting aside for a moment the issue of what right you have to offer up another country for “the greater good” (we remember other statesmen who thought they had the right to decide what was “best” for Europe and offered up Czechoslovakia), I want to repeat the question: What if you are wrong?
What if your two-state solution fails to solve anything at all?

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“IS IT TOO LATE?” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

In 1979, Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L, wrote a book entitled, “They Must Go”. This book generated an enormous amount of controversy as it spoke of the concept of transferring the Arab population of Israel to any of the 22 Arab countries in the Middle East. The essential premise of this book, as had been expressed by Rabbi Kahane for a number of years prior to the book’s publication, was the preservation of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.

Rabbi Kahane, in his tremendous foresight and wisdom saw a demographic time bomb ticking away in Israel. As the Arab birthrate skyrocketed and the Jewish birthrate plummeted, Rabbi Kahane predicted that in a matter of decades, the Arabs would be a majority in Jewish State. He also posited that in a democracy the majority rules, and as such this could portend the very real scenario of the Arab population quietly and democratically voting Israel out of existence. The main question put forth to readers in this remarkable and groundbreaking treatise was the clear choice that was before us. Either we choose a western democracy or a Jewish State. It was clear that both could not co-exist. Rabbi Kahane sounded a clarion call to Jews to wake up and act now, before the proverbial knife was at our collective throats.

As we know, the ceaseless tirade of condemnations, denunciations and diatribes that followed the book’s publication consisted of nothing less than an organized attempt to quash and eradicate this idea and to lambaste and excoriate Rabbi Kahane for promulgating such views. The abject fear that was felt by this message was not limited to the Jewish world, however the greatest resistance to this idea and the subsequent hostilities emanated from the global Jewish community. In the religious or Orthodox Jewish world, Rabbi Kahane was branded as a purveyor of anti-Torah thoughts, an upstart that could endanger world Jewry. In the secular, liberal, left wing bastions of the Jewish world, he was labeled as a rabid racist, a horrific and dangerous fascist, a xenophobe of mammoth proportions.

Rabbi Kahane and his message quickly became a pariah in the Jewish world, and actions were successfully taken to ban him and his message. The concept of free speech that was so warmly embraced by Jews, apparently did not apply to Rabbi Kahane. The same Jews who boasted of being proud, card-carrying members of the American Civil Liberties Union, and who fought for the rights of free speech for every Jew hater under the sun, suddenly found themselves in a hypocritical dilemma. While they could not deny Rabbi Kahane his right of free speech, they could organize a concerted effort to marginalize and isolate him from any manner of intelligent and scholarly discourse on this idea. It had become increasingly clear that the world would live up to the old adage “shoot the messenger, if you don’t like the message”.

And now in the year 2006, as the free world stands on the brink of domination by Islamic forces, we have witnessed grandiose and heinous forms of terrorism spawned by hate filled Arab and Islamic teachings. We have witnessed the rise of Hamas to power and the resurgence of the might of Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah terrorists. We have witnessed thousands of Jewish lives being impacted by the plethora of Arab suicide bombers in Israel, known as “Shahids”, martyrs for Palestine.

We have witnessed the forced expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria, only to see this G-d given Jewish land being used as staging areas for rocket attacks on Jewish settlements in Israel proper by Arab terrorists. We have witnessed the kidnapping of Jewish soldiers and the defeat and humiliation of the once “invincible” Israeli army, as the ineptitude of the government of Israel reaches dangerous levels. We are plagued with vapid, empty and abysmally ignorant Israeli leaders who spend their time concocting further plans to hand over Israeli territory to the Arab enemy, as calls for their resignation resound throughout the country.

At this critical juncture in the future of the Jewish nation and the State of Israel, we now hear sounds of Rabbi Kahane’s message being spoken not only by his supporters but by certain Israeli leaders. According to a recent news report, “MK Effie Eitam (National Union-NRP) has repeated his call for the State of Israel to consider the transfer of hostile Arabs from Judea and Samaria. Speaking with Army Radio’s Razi Barkai Wednesday morning, Eitam was asked to explain his terming Israeli Arabs a “fifth column” and his call for Israel to encourage the transfer of PA Arabs from Judea and Samaria. “Look, in the wake of this war, the people of Israel need to begin to say the truth,” Eitam said. “The deceptive myths must end. The myth that we can abandon territory without it becoming a launching ground for attacks on us and the myth that this struggle is over the outcome of the [1967] Six Day War.

“The days of viewing our territory as a checkbook – through which we can buy off the rejection of our existence here – have ended. We therefore must be honest with ourselves – if we can’t give the land away and we can’t keep the land with this hostile nation upon it – we must encourage them to emigrate.”

Eitam said he was coming from a recent trip to the United States, where he discussed his ideas with Attorney General John Ashcroft. Eitam said Ashcroft was very receptive to the ideas, due to the lessons of September 11th. “The assertion that the world will not allow transfer to occur is another deception,” Eitam said. After the Eitam interview concluded, Barkai brought former Meretz chairman Yossi Sarid on the air, and asked him whether he did not share Eitam’s concern for the future of the Jewish state. Sarid said that he was not sure what scared him more, the threats facing Israel or Eitam’s world view. Sarid compared Eitam’s statements to those of Neo-Nazi and fascist politicians in Europe. “If they would say those things we would object, so we must object when Eitam says them,” Sarid posited.

It is apparent that not much has changed since Rabbi Kahane spoke of these ideas so long ago. While MK Eitam should be commended for seeing the truth and having the courage to give voice to it, one wonders if this is too little, too late. While MK Sarid still echoes the same condemnations that he did years ago when Rabbi Kahane espoused this idea, one wonders if the Bolshevik left wing in Israel is still mired in anachronistic ideology while remaining blind to the threats that loom over the future of Israel.

Rabbi Kahane’s views are ideas that should have been supported and implemented decades ago. Those who now give credence and validity to these ideas either initially denounced them with the same fervor normally reserved for leftists or remained silent and apathetic to the crucial message embedded in these ideas.

Let us take this time to review the ideas and words of Rabbi Kahane. “Of course, the ultimate threat is that of the Arabs quietly achieving national majority, which will allow them to take control of the Knesset and legally abolish the Jewish state. The population figures are all in their favor”. (They Must Go, 1981, p. 113)

“Long before the arrival of an Arab majority in Israel, there will be prior demands – all gaining force through the annual, immutable growth of Arab population: demands for greater political power and representation in Knesset and cabinet; demands for ‘autonomy’ in the Galilee and Triangle; demands for the annexation of those areas to any ‘Palestine’ state that might arise; demands for the return of the “Palestinian’ refugees to their homes and property in Israel”.(They Must Go, 1981, p. 115)

“The Muslims are bitterly anti-Israel and anti-Jewish. They combine fervent anti-Zionist nationalism with the even more fervent Islamic creed. That the Arab youth of Israel are undergoing an Islamic revival is admitted by one and all”. (Israel: Revolution or Referendum?, 1990, p. 47)

The words spoken by MK Eitam are the words of a frightened person. A person, who justifiably has the right to be frightened by an ever-increasing hostile and violent Arab population. In essence, MK Eitam is saying that Rabbi Kahane’s views are now resonating for a vast majority of Jews.

In these final days before Yom Kippur, when the Almighty will render His verdict on the Jewish people, both individually and collectively, let us raise our voices in prayer to the G-d of Israel, who is our King, Helper, Savior and Shield. Let us resolve to have the courage to speak the Torah truth without fearing the opinions of the world. Let us embark on a course of true repentance, prayer and charity, as these measures are necessary in order to tip the balance of the scales of justice in our favor. Our future is hanging in the balance.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.